Run time: 74 mins
What do we owe each other in the face of an existential crisis like the climate emergency? That’s one big question at the heart of this documentary.
Anita Chitaya has a gift: she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and maybe she can end child hunger in her village. Chitaya traces the emissions from countries like the US to the missing rains in Malawi, and she wants to know why the richest country on Earth and second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases isn’t doing more to stem a climate catastrophe that is already strangling her land.
Travelling from Malawi to California, and eventually the White House, she meets climate sceptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions that shape America: from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender. Chitaya, for her part, remains optimistic. Even after the frustrations of her Stateside trip, she says she still draws hope for the potential for long-term change from her experience working on gender equity in her village.